Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line

Badge of ExcellenceRoma, Italy
Likely to Sell Out

From USD 59.16

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with skip-the-line admission and a small-group walking tour. This popular attraction often sells out in advance, so by pre-booking your ticket, you can ensure you won’t miss the chance to see art by Caravaggio, Bernini, Titian, and other Italian masters, plus you’ll jump the queue. After exploring the gallery, stroll through the tranquil gardens with a view of the city from the Pincian terrace. Upgrade your ticket for a private tour exclusive to just your group.
  • Skip-the-line tour of the Borghese Gallery and Gardens in Rome
  • See the Borghese Gallery's famous collection of sculptures and paintings with a knowledgeable guide
  • No waiting in the queue with skip-the-line entry
  • Small group of up to 15 participants guarantees personalized attention

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This budget-friendly tour puts out all the stops: fast-track entry and a gardens tour to Piazza del Popolo.

What's Included

  • Borghese Gallery guided visit
  • Walking tour of Villa Borghese Gardens
  • Small group of 15 people max
  • Skip the Line Access to the Borghese Gallery
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazzale del Museo Borghese
    Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 00197 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet your guide in Piazzale del Museo Borghese, in front of the Borghese Gallery Main Entrance. (Villa Borghese entrance on via Pinciana)

End point

  • Piazza del Popolo
    Piazza del Popolo, Roma RM, Italy

    The Tour ends at the Pincio Terrace overlooking Piazza del Popolo. From there it is extremely quick and easy to reach Piazza del Popolo as well as the adjacent Metro stop (5 min walk), but it does require descending a long flight of steps.

What To Expect

Meet your guide at the Borghese Gallery to begin your tour of one of Rome’s most beautiful art galleries. As you wander through the collection of masterpieces by Italian artists like Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova and Titian, your guide will tell you about the stories, techniques and even some secrets behind the paintings and sculptures.

After your gallery tour, head outside into the Villa Borghese Gardens for a walk around the peaceful park, perched above Rome’s busy Piazza del Popolo. Admire the monuments, fountains and diverse plant life, and end your tour at the Pincian (Pincio) terrace for a view of Rome’s rooftops and plazas spread before you. To upgrade your ticket, select a private tour exclusive to just your group.

Galleria Borghese

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Villa Borghese Gardens

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Terrazza del Pincio

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Piazza del Popolo (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All personal belongings must be left on arrival at the reception of the Borghese Gallery
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on our group tours
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

For those of you visiting, just be aware that you are NOT ALLOWED to take your purse or bag with you.
The tour is a must if you came to Rome.


1,664 reviews
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Great experience!!
Aida_A, June 2023
Wonderful guide Anastasia, very knowledgeable and has a ton of passion for her work! He tour was amazing and we learned a lot :)
Very let down
Richard_T, June 2023
We arrived at the appointed place and time by taxi only to find NO guide. We waited, we asked all the other guides and we asked in the office. No-one knew anything about it. If they did try to contact us it must have gone astray or to an address we could not access whilst we were overseas. We had previously confirmed it as requested. We finally got onto a phone number by one of the other guides calling on their Italian phone, and found out no-one was coming for a paid in advance tour. There were four of us and another couple waiting as well. By that time even all the tickets from the ticket office were sold out for the day. It was very disappointing.
Response from Host, June 2023
Hello Richard_T, We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line. We understand your frustration and would like to investigate what happened. To further assist you, please contact us via email at with your booking reference number. This will allow us to identify the specifics of your reservation and address the issue accordingly. If we were at fault in any way, we will make every effort to accommodate you and provide a suitable resolution. Once again, we apologize for the disappointment caused by this situation. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to hearing from you to rectify the matter. Best regards, Edgar J. Communications Manager City Wonders
KRISTEN_T, June 2023
Fantastic experience and our tour guide was phenomenal. We were a little late due to a bike race, but caught our tour just in time.
No respect for customers
Cynthia_J, May 2023
This company was inconsiderate of the fact that I couldn’t get a ticket to the gallery at the point that they cancelled on me. If you can’t guide my tour the tickets for the venue that you supposedly purchased in advance of our tour should be offered to me as this was a skip the line tour and the tickets were sold out till next month. I also tried to reach them in Reply to a text they sent - which they don’t allow, via email, and via the Viator site to try to make this work out somehow. I was offered a different day and by the time I contacted them they said they couldn’t reschedule me for any of the tours the next day even though that was offered a few times as an option. Very disappointed!!!
The one gallery that you cannot miss!
Ashleigh_P, May 2023
If you only have time to do one gallery in Rome, besides the Vatican Museums, then the Borghese Gallery is the gallery that you have to do! The sculptures by Bernini and paintings by Raphael, just to name a few, will absolutely take your breath away. You also get to walk through the stunning Borghese Villa to get to the Gallery. I would suggest going early or planning on staying afterwards so that you can spend some time in the park. They restrict the amount of people that can go in so you don’t have to fight your way through crowds to see anything. As most artworks are not behind protective glass they have strict rules as to what you can bring into the gallery for example you cannot really take a bag unless it is tiny and you cannot take any water with you. Renate was an outstanding guide who was exceedingly knowledgeable, witty and kind. I would definitely recommend doing this tour.
Fight at start of tour.
Janice_A, May 2023
Viator apparently screwed up as the tour guide refused to understand that we were a party of 6 not 5. A sixth person had been added and I had a confirm which I showed the guide. He said he had only 5 and it wasn't his problem. If it wasn't that someone didn't show up our 6th would have been excluded. The tour itself was good.
Response from Host, May 2023
Hello Janice_A, Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention regarding your recent Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during the booking process and the discrepancy with the number of participants. We take such matters very seriously and want to investigate this issue further to ensure it doesn't happen again in the future. Could you kindly reach out to us at with your booking reference number? This will allow us to investigate the situation thoroughly and address any necessary actions with our team. We regret any frustration caused by the misunderstanding with the tour guide regarding the number of participants. We strive to provide exceptional service and a seamless experience for all our guests, and it is regrettable that we fell short on this occasion. We are glad to hear that you found the tour itself enjoyable. However, please be assured that we will address the issue you encountered and take steps to prevent such occurrences in the future. Thank you for your understanding, and we appreciate your patience as we investigate this matter. We look forward to hearing from you and resolving this issue promptly. Best regards, Edgar J. Communications Manager City Wonders
One of a kind. Must See Gem
Kasey_C, May 2023
It was incredible. A must-see gem of Rome and our tour guide was so incredible. Her love of the art was so passionate and contagious. Truly you cannot see the real Borghese collection without her interpretation.
Amazing Collection, Perfect Guide
Bob_P, May 2023
Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and entertaining and she made our visit that much more enjoyable and educational. She wasa guide for a 15:00 hr. tour on May 18.
Favorite Gallery in Rome. Excellent group tour.
Julie_C, May 2023
Our guide (so sorry I can’t recall his name) was excellent. He was si passionate about the works we saw and out them all in historical perspective. So interesting and informative. An all around great experience.
Amazing Tour
Ben_L, May 2023
Our guide, Anastasia, was amazing! Very informative, thoughtful and so passionate about her work. My entire family loved it.
The tour was moved to earlier time, we were not informed
ILYA_R, May 2023
Tour was moved to earlier time, we were not informed. We received email confirming wrong time day before tour. As result we arrived to the villa and were denied entrance
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi ILYA_R, We are very saddened to read about the miscommunication that occurred for your tour of the Villa Borghese. Please reach out to us via email at with your booking reference number so that we may accomodate you for this. We will not rest until you are satisfied. At City Wonders we are dedicated on improving our overall service and our customers’ feedback, either positive or negative, allows us to locate the exact areas that need special attention. Look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Edgar J. Communications Manager City Wonders
Great experience!
irongirlchris, May 2023
Our tour was led by an expert in art history. She brought the gallery and the Villa to life with her expert storytelling! This was my favorite tour in Rome!
A must see in Rome!
Stephen_S, May 2023
Very easy instructions guide was on time and very efficient in getting the small group of people together and ready to go. Having only 2 hours inside Sal covered the massive amount of art and information in a very easy way for all of us to understand.
History Art and More
Stephen_L, May 2023
Salvatore was an amazingly knowledgeable guide offering both historical as well as artistic insight. He kept a good pace and offered us a wonderful perspective on the Borghese.
Simply Excellent
Richard_C, May 2023
Our guide was excellent. Her knowledge was so extensive that we felt like we were in a university’s art history class. For that reason I would not recommend this tour for children, but it’s perfect for anyone who really wants to learn.
Go yourself.
Benjamin_B, May 2023
A few moments late and couldn't find group to meet up with. Toured ourselves and had a great time without guide.
Response from Host, May 2023
Hello Benjamin_B, We are very sorry to hear that you missed your tour of the Villa Borghese with us. Please feel free to send us more information as to what happened via email at You may be eligible to reschedule your experience for a later date. Wishing you all the best. Sincerely, Edgar J. Communications Manager City Wonders
Learned so much
Catherine_I, Apr 2023
Our leader was an art historian and gave us lots of new information. For example pointed out that Bernini was only 10 or so when he did one of the sculptures. Also had a nice tour of the park and helped us catch a cab!
Get a reservation as soon as you know you will be in Rome!
Stephen_B, Apr 2023
TEN STARS! In terms of visiting a gallery and enjoying the artwork, The Borghese Gallery was my favorite experience of my Italy trip! It is a magnificent collection of Rennaissance art -and, as you can see from the photos - it is NOT crowded. (Whereas almost 7 million people visit the Vatican Museum annually). They restrict the number of visitors - and limit you to two hours (which is plenty of time). You can take your time admiring the sculptures while slowly walking around them, spend some time admiring the details of an artist's brush-strokes, or just admire the architecture, the marble columns, the painted ceilings, the mosaics, etc. A really nice experience. The guide was good and knowledgeable about the gallery and the artwork within. It is not located on a Metro line, so it is a little bit of a challenge to get to, but well worth it. Generally reservations are needed months in advance. I met quite a few travelers who told me that they were unable to get tickets for this gallery.
lisa_M, Apr 2023
The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The art and grounds were amazing. We enjoyed everything about the tour.
Fun Times
Thomas_H, Apr 2023
The guide was very knowledgeable about history and the topic. Her understanding of the Renaissance and Roman/Greek mythology and the church was apparent in her descriptions of the art work. The guides personality was pleasant and professional. All and all the tourcwasca memorable experience.

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